Monday, November 26, 2007

Bay City High: Home of the Ilima's

"The Aloha State" became the 50th state in 1959. Hawaii has six main islands and the powerhouse of them all is Oahu. The capital city is Honolulu. Honolulu means "Sheltered Bay" in Hawaiian. I think that is why we should name our high school Bay City High School. The City and County of Honolulu encompasses the whole island of Oahu. The city has one of countries most busiest ports, Honolulu Harbor. Most of Hawaii's food and manufactured goods must be imported and distributed here. When you enter the state of Hawaii whether by harbor or airport it is famous for handing out leis. The flower that is on leis is the Ilima. The yellow Ilima flower is also Oahu's official flower. Each flower is about an inch across and somewhat resembles a small hibiscus. Early Hawaiians used ilima flowers as a cure for general illnesses. Juice from the pressed flowers was given to children, and pregnant women sometimes ate the flowers until childbirth. The school name honors Hawaii's language and beauty by naming it Bay City. The mascot honors Oahu and Honolulu by its beautiful flower. Our school colors will be yellow and white in honor of that the official color is yellow. Go Bay City Ilima's!

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